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Sunday Platform with Ethics Unplugged: What We Owe the Future

By May 14, 2023May 18th, 2023No Comments

Dr. Nori Rost and Dr. Je Hooper brought their wildly popular midweek program to Sunday morning!

On the 147th anniversary of Ethical Culture, Nori and Je discussed the book, What We Owe Our Future by William MacAskill. In this book, MacAskill makes the case for longtermism—an ethical stance which gives priority to improving the long-term future—and proposes that we can make the future better in two ways: “by averting permanent catastrophes, thereby ensuring civilisation’s survival; or by changing civilisation’s trajectory to make it better while it lasts.  According to MacAskill, the present era is a critical juncture:

Few people who ever live will have as much power to positively influence the future as we do. Such rapid technological, social, and environmental change means that we have more opportunity to affect when and how the most important of these changes occur.

Monthly Collection: Planned Parenthood Action Fund

Sunday Platform is our most important and long-standing community event. These gatherings educate, stimulate personal growth, inspire reflection and action, and strengthen our community. Sunday meetings begin with music, followed by greetings and a talk given by a Society Leader, member, or guest.  Platforms cover a variety of topics that reflect current events, pressing social issues, and Humanist philosophy. Each Sunday meeting is followed by a luncheon and social hour.

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